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Appeals Court Reversal Gives Muslim Scholar Chance to Overturn U.S. Entry Ban

By Joel Zand on July 17, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A federal appeals court reversed the U.S. government's decision for denying a Muslim scholar's entry into the U.S., holding that Tariq Ramadan was improperly denied an entry visa by a U.S. Consular official without first being given a chance to show that he knew, or should have known, that he donated money to a European charity that gave funds to Hamas, a U.S. State Department-designated terrorist organization.

The ruling (below) sends the case back to the U.S. District court to allow Ramadan to show "by clear and convincing evidence that he did not know, and reasonably should not have known, that the recipient of his contributions was a terrorist organization."

Here is the opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit:

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